Maoists kill pro-Govt candidate in Nepal
It was the second alleged killing by Maoists and came a day after the rebels pledged not to attack any candidate in the polls.india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 14:21 IST
Suspected Maoists rebels have killed a politician who was standing for election in municipal polls in Nepal slated for next week and bombed two candidates' homes, authorities said on Friday.
It was the second alleged killing by Maoists of a municipal politician and came a day after the rebels pledged not to attack any candidate in the polls being held as part of King Gyanendra's pledge to restore democracy.
The dead man was "shot by Maoists at his house" in eastern Nepal late on Thursday and died in hospital, a police officer told the agency by telephone from Morang, 550 kilometres (344 miles) east of Kathmandu.
Another unidentified man who was at the house also died, said the officer, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, suspected rebels bombed the homes of two candidates running for mayor in Tikapur in western Nepal, the army said in a statement, adding that no one was hurt.
There was no comment from the rebels who have threatened to thwart on Wednesday's polls.
The Maoists have been waging a decade-long "People's War" to topple the monarchy.
Gyanendra, who sacked the government and seized power a year ago, has said the polls are part of his "roadmap to democracy" and has pledged to hold general elections before April 2007.